Controversial free-kick sees the Tangerines’ unbeaten run halted

ON TARGET: Sam Page pulls a goal back for Diss Town during their 2-1 defeat against Haverhill Borough on Saturday
ON TARGET: Sam Page pulls a goal back for Diss Town during their 2-1 defeat against Haverhill Borough on Saturday

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Haverhill Borough 2

Diss Town 1

Diss Town stumbled to their first defeat in eight games, as Haverhill Borough sealed a 2-1 win to climb above them in the table on Saturday.

The Tangerines were without Danny Self and Callum Olpin for the trip to The New Croft, and they seemed to miss the creative contribution that they bring to the side.

After last week’s goal-fest when Diss found the net nine times to beat Braintree Town Reserves 9-2, the Tangerines created very few good chances in their latest outing.

The turning point of the game was a controversial free-kick which gave the home side a 2-0 lead in the second-half.

Diss pulled a goal back through substitute Sam Page, but were unable to find an equaliser as they saw their unbeaten run come to an end.

After a fairly even start, it was Borough who should have taken the lead in the 25th minute when an unmarked Ryan Swallow failed to connect from close range.

Haverhill did find the target three minutes later though, as Matt Staines dribbled into the Diss penalty area and found Rory Bone, who turned the ball in for 1-0.

Town brought on Page for the second-half to give them more firepower, but despite enjoying more possession they could not trouble Graham Smith in the home goal.

The Tangerines suffered a setback on 56 minutes when Borough took a quick free-kick on the edge of the area, with Diss still organising their wall.

Staines chipped the ball accurately into the top right corner, and visiting keeper William Izod was unable to get across to keep the ball out.

Diss renewed their efforts and got on the scoresheet in the 64th minute when Page sent a glancing header past Smith to reduce their arrears.

The Tangerines pushed for an equaliser in the final minutes, but the hosts stood firm to take all three points.

Diss Town Izod, Hood, Gilding, Gibbons, Barrett, Armes, Manning, Greenslade (Page 46), Brown (Norman 92), Downes, George.

n Diss host Stowmarket Town tomorrow (3pm).